Yves Saint Laurent is one of the biggest and most successful fragrance houses with over 200+ perfumes and colognes to their name. And there’s a good reason why they have so many fragrances and have enjoyed popularity since the mid-1960s. That’s because they’ve developed quite the reputation for creating scents that appeal to both men and women. And with hundreds of fragrances under their belt, they probably make a fragrance that’s suitable for just about anyone.
As you would imagine, however, with so many colognes and perfumes in their collection, it can be difficult to sort out just one that you may potentially find appealing. That’s why we’ve decided to do our own research and find out which of their colognes are truly the best. Rating their perfumes, however, will be a task for another day. So without further ado, below are the best YSL colognes currently available.
Best YSL Colognes
10Yves St. Laurent L’Homme Sport
Introduced in 2014, this cologne from YSL is designed for men who give 110% of themselves to whatever they do. This scent is designed for active go-getters who not only can’t be held down but also can’t be defeated. It does this by covering the man wearing it in an aura of scents that can only be described as youthful and energetic. At its top, this cologne has notes of verbena and bergamot. Its heart notes include the lush fragrances of coriander and freshly cut wood, all the while it’s base notes smell like the perfect blend of amber and cedar.
9Yves St. Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme
This YSL cologne was released in 2009 and has a simple combination of notes that seem to come together in exciting ways. This cologne has a nice moderate sillage and longevity, too. That allows the wearer to put it on in the morning and continue to wear it well into the evening hours. It has a singular top note, only a few heart notes and a base that contains only the scents of vetiver and caraway, but somehow it works. In this fragrance can be smelled notes of cardamom and bergamot, lavender and cedar. It’s mysterious, exotic and just plain works well as a cologne for the modern man.
8Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme
L’Homme is the fragrant cologne that was designed by Dominique Ropion and Anne Flipo and released in 2006. It’s a scent that’s spicy and citrusy with just a taste of woody notes underlying all of it. It starts off with its vibrant top notes that include the fragrances of lemon, ginger, and bergamot. It then kicks in its heart notes, which include fragrances of violet, basil and white pepper. The cologne then ends on its base notes that include the fragrances of Tonka bean, cedar, and vetiver. And it has a moderate sillage and longevity that gives the wearer plenty of time to enjoy this fragrant combination of scents.
7Yves Saint Laurent Y
Released in the Fall of 2018, this cologne hasn’t really been around long enough to earn a following, but we feel quite strongly that when men do get a chance to smell this fragrance, then they’re going to love it. That’s because it’s a scent that smells like it belongs to a man who wears nothing but their blue jeans, a white T-shirt and a leather jacket. It has top fragrances of ginger, apple, and bergamot in its scent profile, along with the heart notes of geranium, sage, and juniper berries. All of these fragrances stand on this colognes base notes, a base which includes the scents of cedar, leather, and amber wood.
6Opium By Yves St. Laurent For Men
Opium Pour Homme is a YSL cologne that’s been around for quite a while now. When this fragrance was initially released in 1995, Friends and Seinfeld were in full swing on primetime television and the blockbuster movies in theaters were Seven and Braveheart. Although that may make this cologne sound dated, this fragrance has actually held up quite well over the years. In fact, a lot of younger men have embraced this cologne again. That’s probably because it has the exotic top notes of star anise and black currant, heart notes of pepper and base notes of vanilla mixed with cedar. It’s a classic scent that can be used quite well by the modern man.
5Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent
This musky scent has been a favorite since it was launched. It has top notes of coriander and clary sage, bergamot and Artemesia. Below those enticing notes are its heart fragrances, which include the scents of jasmine, orris root, cinnamon, and carnation. At its very base exist the notes of amber, Tonka bean, musk, and leather. It also seems to have a splash of honey that permeates throughout it. It’s a classic original scent that can be easily enjoyed by the modern man, regardless of his age or lifestyle. And it’s a scent that can be worn from dusk to dawn and beyond.
4Yves Saint Laurent L’Homme Libre
Just because a cologne is young and vibrant doesn’t mean that it can’t also be masculine. if you have any doubts as to whether this is the case or not, then all you have to do is check out this wonderful cologne. It allows the wearer to put out an energetic vibe but does so without infringing on the wearer’s masculinity. This cologne does this with the judicious use of its base notes, heart notes and base notes. At its top, this cologne smells like bergamot, star anise, and basil, at least until its heart appears fragrant with the notes of pink pepper and nutmeg. And finally, its base has notes of patchouli and vetiver.
3Yves Saint Laurent L’homme Intense
Styled after its successful 2006 cologne, this updated version of L’homee Intense for Men is designed to be a fragrance that’s well-suited to the office environment but can also be worn for a night out on the town. When first applied, it has a combination of scents that come together quite well, and these top notes include black pepper, bergamot and the citrusy zing of lemons. It’s heart notes include the scents of violets and orange blossoms, all while this cologne’s base notes chime in with the scents of cedar, ambergris, benzoin, and suede. It’s a classic and definitely masculine scent.
2Yves Saint Laurent Kouros Silver
Released to an eager public in 2015, this Yves St. Laurent cologne caught a lot of attention when it came out. That’s not only because of its iconic bottle but mainly due to the quality cologne that can be found inside of it. This scent is a reinvention of the original Kouros cologne that was released during the early 1980s, except this one is a lot more of a mature scent than that one was. This fragrance has one single top note to its formula, and that’s the scent of crisp apples. This scent is then followed by a sage-scented heart note and is finished off with the earthy notes of wood and amber.
1YSL M-7 Oud Absolu For Men
Men who consider themselves to be dark and mysterious may want to try out a YSL cologne that magnifies that aura and M-7 Oud Absolu may just be that fragrance. It has an aromatic Oriental scent that has a moderate sillage and enough longevity for it to carry it from work into the wee hours of the night. This product has top notes of Mandarin oranges, middle notes of patchouli and base notes that include the fragrant scents of agarwood, myrrh, and French Labdanum. It’s a mysterious fragrance designed for men who want to keep an exotic aura around themselves all day and all night.